Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 11)31 Mar, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Create Boundaries for Multiple Hatches at Once
Cara Nash Snyder sent this tip for creating multiple hatch boundaries in AutoCAD. If you select one hatch and right-click, you get the option to generate a boundary, but if you select multiple hatches, you do not — unless you use this trick. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Apply Hatch to an Unclosed Area
Levi Connolly shared this useful AutoCAD tip. If you need to insert a hatch in an area that isn't completely closed, this tip can help you achieve that. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Inventor Tip: Associate Text to Views
Have you ever added text to an IDW or DWG file in Inventor and moved the view, only to have the text stay when the view moves? This tip from David Edward Gaskill illustrates how to attach text to views in Inventor. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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CADENAS Launches Online Portal for CAXA Users
A new CADENAS PARTcommunity portal reportedly allows registered users to browse parts catalogs from more than 400 manufacturers, configure parameters, get an interactive 3D preview, and download free models in 2D or 3D format for insertion into the CAXA 3D CAD environment.
Deals & Freebies
Free 30-Day Trial of ChronoSculpt Software Available
The LightWave 3D Group has launched a free, 30-day, full-featured trial version of ChronoSculpt ($399; educational pricing $149). ChronoSculpt enables artists to create content with custom morph targets and to sculpt animation. ChronoSculpt supports a variety of 3D CAD programs.
Books & Training
Eagle Point Launches Free Mobile Autodesk Training App
Eagle Point Software has released a free mobile app for its Pinnacle Series Autodesk training. With the app, users get access to training videos that cover basic, intermediate, and advanced topics, including 200+ video lessons in architecture, civil engineering, and more. The mobile app is available on the Apple App Store.
Creaform Offers Free 3D Measurement Teaching Manuals for Schools
Creaform, a provider of portable 3D measurement solutions, has made available two teaching manuals for college, university, and technical school educators. The manuals include theoretical and practical information about the use of 3D measurement technologies in reverse engineering and quality control. Educators can download the manuals from Creaform's web site.
Design Visualization: Visionary Render
Virtual reality and visualization software provider Virtalis has released Visionary Render, which creates virtual reality environments from large 3D data sets. CAD professionals can use the software alone, in groups, or with distant colleagues in a common virtual environment to perform design reviews, rehearse in-depth training tasks, validate maintenance procedures, and more.
Monitors: BenQ BL2710PT
Visual display provider BenQ America has introduced the BL2710PT wide quad high-definition (WQHD) monitor ($699), designed for 3D printing, CAD, and CAM applications. The monitor features a 27-inch 2560x1440 WQHD display, Display Pilot software with Auto-Pivot automation, and BenQ's CAD/CAM viewing mode.
MCAD: Siemens NX Software Cloud Environment
Siemens NX CAD/CAM/CAE software is now available in a private cloud environment. NX is deployed in the cloud using virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) with NVIDIA GRID virtual graphics processing unit technology. VDI reportedly enables server-based accelerated 3D graphics plus remote display and user interaction.
AEC: Scia Design Forms
Nemetschek Scia, a developer of structural engineering and fabrication software, has launched Scia Design Forms scripting technology, which allows structural and civil engineers to centralize their engineering design tasks into one integrated workflow, modify code checks, and remove the dependency on any one software vendor.
Mark Your Calendar
What's New in Autodesk Revit Architecture 2015
April 1, 2014
12 Noon CT
This free webinar from Eagle Point Software will explore the new features in Autodesk Revit Architecture 2015. Read more
What's New in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015
April 2, 2014
10 a.m. CT
In this free webinar, Eagle Point Software will look at enhancements in Autodesk Civil 3D. Read more
What's New in Autodesk Revit MEP 2015
April 2, 2014
12 Noon CT
Autodesk reseller Eagle Point will sponsor this free webinar focusing on mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design. Read more
What's New in Autodesk Revit Structure 2015
April 3, 2014
12 Noon CT
This free Eagle Point webinar will examine Revit Structure's new features for 2015. Read more
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Clean Up Your AutoCAD Drawing with the Join Command
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